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Donald’s ‘done’: Five U.S. media responses to Sterling’s defeat

The NBA's lifelong ban and $2.5-million fine on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for racist remarks has elicited strong reactions and soul-searching in U.S. mainstream media.

The NBA will try to force Sterling to sell his team after a recording showed him criticizing his mistress, V. Stiviano, for posting pictures of herself on social media with black people.

Here's how some U.S. news organizations reacted to the decision.

Los Angeles Daily News, April 30 2014


Several U.S. papers went for punchy, single- or double-word headlines.

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Some reports tried to portray the Clippers’ 113-103 victory over the rival Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night as a happy ending to the Sterling saga. Others looked at the Warriors’ plan to boycott Game 5 if the NBA had not taken strong enough action against Sterling.

L.A. Times, April 30, 2014.


The phrase “the ball is in their court” came up more than once, with various explanations of whose court the figurative ball is now in.


The day came with several warnings that root causes of racism in sports haven’t been addressed.


Several observers zeroed in on how the Clippers could be sold, and who would profit from it. Some took issue with the NBA putting pressure on Sterling to sell the Clippers, arguing that his racist remarks weren’t actually illegal.

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